Submitting Insect Specimens

  • We accept insect (and spider) specimens by mail or drop-off to:  UMaine Extension Diagnostic and Research Lab / Attn: Insect ID Lab / 17 Godfrey Drive / Orono, Maine 04473.
  • Important Note: Please do not submit floor sweepings, vacuum cleaner contents or specimens from the body (although ticks, suspected nits and lice will be accepted). Due to potential health risks to our diagnosticians, we CANNOT accept bodily fluids or other human debris. We are happy to work with a physician to identify any arthropod pest, but submissions of that nature MUST come directly from a physician.
  • You can also call us, email us, and/or send images. Tel: 207.581.2967 or email james.dill@maine.edu with subject line: INSECT ID
  • Submissions of images should include your name, phone number, business name (if applicable), county, problem (if applicable), specimen location (for example: on my kitchen counter), date when specimen was found, and good/in-focus images.

Please print the following form to include with your sample(s) or if you’re without a working printer, we ask that you write down the information for us on a sheet of paper to accompany the sample(s) — Thank You!  | PDF version | MS Word version

UMaine Extension
Insect ID Lab
17 Godfrey Drive
Orono, ME 04473-3692
Phone:
1.800.287.0279 (within Maine)

How to properly submit an insect specimen for identification:

  • All insects (excluding butterflies and moths) should be placed in a small leak-proof container with just enough rubbing alcohol to cover specimen for preservation.
  • Butterflies and moths should be packed in tissue or cotton for best possible preservation.
  • You can mail or drop off specimens at your local County Extension Office or at the Pest Management Unit’s Insect ID Lab.
  • Important Note: Please do not submit floor sweepings, vacuum cleaner contents or specimens from the body (although ticks, suspected nits and lice will be accepted). Due to potential health risks to our diagnosticians, we CANNOT accept bodily fluids or other human debris. We are happy to work with a physician to identify any arthropod pest, but submissions of that nature MUST come directly from a physician.

Please Provide:

Your Name: ___________________________________

Phone Number (optional): ______________________________

Mailing Address: (Street / PO Box) _______________________________________ (Town / City) __________________________ (State + Zip Code)  _____   __________

Email Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

Collection Date: ___________   Submission Date: _____________

Please provide the following information about your insect specimen:

Where was the insect found? (i.e. kitchen, yard, bathroom, etc.)_______________________________________

What was the insect on or in? (i.e. animal, tomato, sink, etc.) _____________________________________________

Approximately how many insects were found? ____________

Describe damage, if any? _____________________________________________________________________

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Do you have treatment preferences? ____________________________________________________________

Do you have children or pets in the home? _______________

(If applicable) Submitted By:

______________________________________________________________________________
Extension County Educator

_______________________________________
COUNTY


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